25 Jun '12, 10am

All-carbon #solar cell harnesses #infrared light.

Researchers at MIT have developed an all-carbon solar cell that harnesses the infrared light that conventional silicon solar cells ignore. About 40% of the solar energy reaching Earth's surface lies in the near infrared region of the spectrum. The researchers say that tapping into this unused energy could open up the possibility of combination solar cells that make use of almost the entire range of the sun's energy. "It's a fundamentally new kind of photovoltaic cell," commented Michael Strano, the Charles and Hilda Roddey professor of chemical engineering at MIT. The new cell is made of carbon nanotubes and C60, a feat made possible by new developments in the large scale production of purified carbon nanotubes. In order for the new solar cells to work, the nanotubes have to be very pure and of a uniform type: single walled and just one of the two possible symmetrical conf...

Full article: http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/article/43256/All-carbon-...

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